Chatlos Memorial Chapel at the Cove

Asheville, NC

The Chatlos Memorial Chapel maintained the simplicity and elegance of a traditional North Carolina mountain chapel while integrating technological sophistication with state-of-the-art audio and video/television systems.

With mountain views from the chapel through the forest canopy, the building is boldly sited perpendicular to the sloping terrain on a 3,500-acre site defined by two major ridgelines. The steeple soars 80 feet above the roofline to provide a strong visual symbol day and night. The chapel is the first phase of a planned religious training complex.

Two additional floors are hidden below the sanctuary level. The middle floor is multi-functional for receptions and meetings, and the basement level incorporates a stepped-floor auditorium for conferences. All parking is remotely located, so visitors must walk a defined path system through the woods to reach this secluded worship center.

Building materials are native to the region. Exterior wall surfaces are North Carolina field stone, gathered on site and laid in a “dry” fashion reminiscent of traditional mountain masonry. Roofing material is slate, and the chapel floor surface is heart pine. Detailing is simple and articulate to exhibit the talents of local craftsman.